Friday, February 26th 2016
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Friday, February 26th, 2016
Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal BMAP Meeting
Runs through Friday, February 26th, 2016
Time & Place
9:00 AM EST
Public Works West Altamonte Operations Facility (Lake Lotus Training Room); 950 Calabria Drive; Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
A Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal BMAP Public Meeting will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Public Works West Altamonte Operations Facility (Lake Lotus Training Room); 950 Calabria Drive; Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Everyone is welcome to attend. The purpose of this meeting is for the department to provide stakeholders with a brief update on the status of the BMAP and to present the proposed structure of the OSTDS/Wastewater Management Advisory Committee.
"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”
Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.
A draft of the BMAP document can be found at the web link below.
To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss and receive comments on the draft BMAP document.
• Welcome and Opening Remarks
• Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal Wastewater/On-Site Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) Remediation Plan
• Public Comments
• Next Steps
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